February 14, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the First Sunday of the Great Lent

On February 14, 2010, (7 Meshir 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria observed the First Sunday of the Great Lent, in which our Lord teaches us, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on… But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to – …

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February 5, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the Preparatory Sunday of the Great Lent

On February 8, 2010, (1 Meshir 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria begins observance of the Great Holy Fast, also known as the Great Lent. As part of the diocese’s spiritual program during this holy season, our father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, has recorded a pastoral message for the Preparatory Sunday of the Great Lent. It is available for streaming and downloading here: Pastoral Message for Preparatory Sunday of the Great Lent 2010  

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January 25, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the Fast of Jonah 2010

From Monday, January 25 through Wednesday January 27, the Coptic Orthodox Church observes the Fast of Jonah, a three-day fast commemorating the fast of Jonah the Prophet in the belly of the great fish and culminating in the Feast of Jonah the Prophet on Thursday, January 28, 2009. To commemorate this holy period of fasting, our beloved father, His Grace Bishop Serapion has issued an audio Pastoral Message concerning the observance of the Fast of – …

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January 19, 2010

Festal Letter for the Feast of the Theophany 2010

The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii wishes you all a blessed and joyous Feast of the Theophany 2010, commemorating the manifestation of the Holy Trinity to humanity and the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. His Grace Bishop Serapion has posted a festal message in audio format. You may hear or download it here: Festal Message of H.G. Bishop Serapion for the Feast of the Theophany 2010 May our Lord – …

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January 19, 2010

Christianity and Martin Luther King’s Dream

On Monday, January 18, millions in the United States and around the world observed the Martin Luther King holiday, which commemorates the life of Dr. King and the struggle of the African-American community seeking freedom, equality, and justice in the United States. The significance of this holiday should not be lost on Orthodox Christians. The experience of African Americans persevering in their pursuit of freedom, equality, and justice has many parallels for modern Christians around – …

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January 7, 2010

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2010

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish all of you a blessed Feast of the Nativity, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today, let us rejoice in His glorious birth, and with St. Gregory the Theologian let us say with a joyful voice, "Christ is born, let us glorify Him. Christ came from heaven let us go out to meet Him." With the – …

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May 8, 2009

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2009

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Today, we rejoice in hope as we celebrate the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the midst of today’s culture of despair, which is prevalent throughout the world, we as Christians nonetheless rejoice in hope. The Feast of the Resurrection is a source of everlasting joy and hope in the midst of – …

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April 9, 2009

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 1999

Our Good Shepherd My Beloved, the Children of the Christ-Loving Diocese of Los Angeles, It is my pleasure to congratulate you on the Feast of the Nativity wishing you all a holy and blessed life, which befits the name of Emmanuel, Christ our Lord, Who loved us and, without sin, was incarnate and came to our world. We are happy today and our hearts are joyful with the birth of Christ, “The Good Shepherd”. In – …

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January 13, 2009

Papal Letter for the Feast of the Nativity 2009

My brethren and children in the lands of immigration, clergy and laity. Peace to you from the Lord and grace, with my greetings to you during the Glorious Feast of Nativity. Wishing you in these occasions a new holy life that is better than what it was in the previous year. I wish to say to you that the birth of Christ was an annunciation of salvation, as the angel said to the shepherds “I – …

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January 7, 2009

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2009

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish all of you a blessed and joyous Feast of the Nativity. We rejoice on this blessed feast day, because of Immanuel our God. Let us reflect together on this joyous prophecy said by Isaiah the Prophet, “See, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and you will call his name Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey. Before knowing – …

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April 17, 2008

Papal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2008

Papal Message for the Feast of Resurrection 27 April 2008 His Holiness Pope Shenouda III Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark My children and brethren in the lands of immigration, clergy and laity. My sincere greetings to you on the occasion of the Glorious Feast of Resurrection. May God make it a blessing to you all and a continual source of spiritual joy. The resurrection of the Lord Christ was – …

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April 15, 2008

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2008

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church Christ is Risen Truly He is Risen Today, we rejoice as we celebrate the Feast of feasts: the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We rejoice because of the death of death. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and His victory over death are the proof of the death of death, as St. Cyril of Alexandria said, “For the Word – …

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